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Beating Fertiliser Price Rises Report - Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Charlie Morgan, IBERS impressed BGS and local grassland society members at talks in Shropshire and Monmouthshire last Thursday, 20th November. Over 80 people at the two events heard how they could lower input costs without compromising output by improving nutrient efficiency.  

The target areas covered by Charlie included soil chemical and physical status, strategic and targeted use of P, K and sulphur, correct management and choice of quality swards, greater dependence on legumes, better use of manures and crops with lower nutrient demand in an effective rotation.  

Future Scenarios for Grassland Management CALL FOR PAPERS - Thursday, November 13, 2008

Future Scenarios for Grassland Management CALL FOR PAPERS

Important info for users of aminopyralid weed sprays - Friday, November 7, 2008

Grassland herbicide manufacturer Dow AgroSciences is running an information campaign this winter to ensure manure from animals fed forage treated with products based on aminopyralid, is used on ground destined for 'safe' crops such as grass, cereals and maize.  

"Since being launched in 2006, products such as Forefront, Pharaoh and more recently Banish, have proved extremely effective in controlling difficult weeds such as docks, ragwort and thistles," says Robin Bentley, Dow AgroSciences marketing specialist for grassland products.  

New Raymond Jones Trophy presented - Monday, October 27, 2008

A new trophy in memory of Raymond Jones was presented to the winner of the Federation of Welsh Grassland Societies' Big Sale Silage Competition, John Thomas of the North Pembrokeshire Grassland Society, last week, following the FWGS AGM.

Raymond was a key communicator of the benefits of big bale silage in Wales and played a big part in the uptake of their use.

DEFRA postpones organic forage seed percentages increases - Monday, October 20, 2008

DEFRA has agreed to delay an increase in the percentage of a forage seed mix that needs to be organic, accepting that there is a shortage of organic forage seed resulting from poor growing conditions. 

The minimum organic proportion of organic seed mixes not requiring prior authorisation for use was expected to rise to 70% for 2009, but now this rate will be 65% for the remainder of 2008 and 2009. The move to a minimum organic percentage requirement of 70% has been postponed until 01 January 2010. 

The British Grassland Society and the National Federation of Young - Thursday, October 2, 2008

BGS and NFYFC have joined forces in an exciting new initiative to encourage younger members of the UK's rural communities interested in careers in farming and educate non-farming YFC members.

The aim of the project is to bring members of local grassland societies and young people together for a fun, sociable and educational on-farm event.

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Reports of Five BGS Supported IGC China 2008 Delegates - M Lee, T Yan, L Wu, K Cross, H Hughes - Monday, September 29, 2008

Find out how BGS supported delegates got on at the International Grassland Congress China 2008....

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National Grassland Management Competition won by Emyr Jones and Sons - Friday, September 19, 2008

The winner of the 2008 British Grassland Society National Grassland Management Competition, sponsored by GrowHow UK and DLFTrifolium, is a family-run beef and sheep farm on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

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BGS Grassland Competition Central Winner and National Runner-up - Friday, September 19, 2008

Richard Abell, who farms at White House Farm, Little Cowarne, Bromyard was one of three farmers to make it to the final round of the British Grassland Society National Grassland Management Competition, sponsored by GrowHow UK and DLF-Trifolium. He had already competed against members of other grassland societies to win the central region competition.

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BGS Grassland Competition South West Winner and National Runner-up - Thursday, September 18, 2008

David Helliar, who farms at High House Farm, Corsley, Warminster on the Wiltshire/Somerset border, was one of three farmers to make it to the final round of the BGS National Grassland Management Competition, sponsored by GrowHow UK and DLF-Trifolium. He had already competed against farms from the Somerset Grassland Society, of which he is a member, and other south west county grassland societies to win the south west region competition.

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